HOW’S IT HANGING - How to hang your artwork

June 13, 2015

I thought I best write a little article to really help you get the perfect gallery look for hanging your images and framed masterpieces. So here is a quick guide to ensure you hang them at the right height and also use the correct mounting brackets.


So, how high do we hang the pictures?

When I first started I must admit I just put it up on the wall without any thought on the position of the images and the “best viewing” position.  Now don’t get me wrong but the following is a general rule, you might want to hang them higher or lower depending on the room and the style you’re after, this should give you a gallery style viewing level.

For best viewing height you will need to work out the following. In general you will want to hang the centre of the art at 150cm to 157.5 cm from the bottom of the floor.

So how do we work out the centre of the photographs you’re hanging? There is a simple formula used which also takes into account the “give” of the wire hanger or mounting system you’re using.

The formula.

H=(X/2+152.5cm)-Y which is Centre viewing point = (Height of art/2) + 152.5cm) – wire to top distance. In this example provided the formula is (100/2+152.5cm)-20=182.5cm

  1. Measure height of artwork. Say the height of your art is 100cm
  2. Now divide by 2 = 50CM
  3. Plus 152.5cm = 202.5cm
  4. Place your tape measure on the wire and pull up towards the top of the frame. This distance = Y “wire to top” for example let’s say it is 20cm from the wire to the top of the frame. Make sure there is tension on the wire to do this.
  5. 202.5cm-20cm= 182.5cm
  6. Place your mark on the wall at 182.5cm and put in your hanger.

Pretty simple really. If you have a group of photos, use the same formula but treat them as a one photograph. I find it best to lay your artwork on the floor as a group, work out the  distance between each photo you would like and now measure the total height of the group itself, this will equal X.

If you’re mounting your canvas, acrylic or framed fine art on the wall of a staircase, use the same formula above but the height to the centre of the image would be from your chosen stair and your artwork should sit in the centre, keeping it symmetrical.

Lastly, if you’re mounting your artwork over an object, like a cabinet that is taller than 76cm, make sure you leave a gap somewhere around 7-25cm, this will make sure the art isn’t competing with the object and giving it enough space. Use the rule above, however you may have to push it higher or lower to make sure you get the right gap and make sure it still "talks" with the object below.

So what should you use to hang and mount your stunning masterpiece?

This will depend on several different variables. You will need to work out the following:

  1. Size and weight of the artwork
  2. The type of wall you’re mounting it to (brick, gyprock plaster board)
  3. If you have an available wall stud or not
  4. What type of mounting brackets to use, such as adhesive hooks, brass plated picture hooks and expanding picture hooks such as these http://www.bunnings.com.au/tic-10kg-picture-hanging-expanding-stud-wall-hook_p3930094
  5. Lastly and probably most importantly, always check the load rating for the picture hooks and mounting brackets you use. Make sure they’re sufficient enough to hang your art. It’s common sense I know, but I can’t stress this point enough.

It is best to mount your artwork into a wall stud for extra support especially for the heavier pieces of art. If you can’t find a stud I recommend using the expanding picture hooks.

For small to medium size framed prints and canvas art you can use the 3m art hanging adhesive hooks. Please make sure you get the hooks that are designed to hang art with and not the standard hooks and also get the ones with a heavier load baring capacity. For extra support use two of the hooks instead of one.

Other items you will need to install your gallery art.

  • Hammer
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Level
  • Tape measure

 




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Size & Price Guide

The table below is best used to identify at a glance the price differences between products and mediums used. It's also a great indication on the overall framed print size.

Example a print sized 100x66cm that is framed will have total dimensions off 114x80cm, this includes the frame and matt board (passe parse-out)  

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Standard and most common aspect ratio 3:2

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Print Size in CM Canvas Rolled Canvas Stretched Acrylic Sheer Mount

Aluminium 

Prints

Metallic (print only) Framed Metallic Print Overall Framed Size in CM
3:2 ratio              
50x33 N/A N/A N/A N/A $229 $450 62x45
60x40 Ask for quote $280 N/A $525 $259 $525 72x52
75x50 Ask for quote $360 $730 $625 $365 $625 89x64
100x66 Ask for quote $530 $1,080 $870 $570 $870 114x80
120x80 Ask for quote $660 N/A $1,230 $800 $1,230 134x94
135x90 Ask for quote N/A N/A N/A N/A $1,320 154x104
150x100 Ask for quote $880 $1,799 $1,799 $1,099 $1,799 166x116

 

Panorama Prints with 2:1 aspect ratios

Unframed Products

Framed Products

2:1 Ratio Canvas Rolled Canvas Stretched Acrylic Sheer Mount Aluminium Prints Metallic (print only) Framed Metallic Print Overall Framed Size in CM
50x25 N/A N/A N/A N/A $229 $450 62x37
60x30 Ask for quote $280 N/A $525 $259 $525 72x42
75x37.5 Ask for quote $360 $730 $625 $365 $625 89x51.5
100x50 Ask for quote $530 $1,080 $870 $570 $870 114x64
120x60 Ask for quote $660 N/A $1,230 $800 $1,230 134x74
150x75 Ask for quote $880 $1,799 $1,799 $1,099 $1,799 166x89

 

Square Prints 1:1 Ratio

Unframed Products

Framed Products

1:1 Ratio Canvas Rolled Canvas Stretched Acrylic Sheer Mount Aluminium Prints Metallic (print only) Framed Metallic Print Overall Framed Size in CM
60x60 N/A $290 $540 N/A N/A $550 72x72
75x75 N/A $400 $740 N/A N/A $690 89x89
100x100 N/A $530 $1,200 N/A N/A $1,320 104x104
  

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